For more information about the Community Police Review Board, contact: 

Community Police Review Board (CPRB)
410 E. Washington Street
Iowa City, IA  52240
319-356-5041 

Complaint forms are available from: 

  • City Clerk/City Hall
  • Police Department/City Hall
  • Iowa City Public Library
  • Broadway St Neighborhood Center
  • Pheasant Ridge Center
  • City of Iowa City Website: www.icgov.org 

Iowa City Community Police Review Board

The Iowa City Community Police Review Board (hereafter referred to as the CPRB) consists of five members appointed by the City Council. The CPRB has its own legal counsel. 

The CPRB reviews reports prepared after investigation of complaints about alleged police misconduct. It then issues its own written reports that contain detailed findings of fact and conclusions that explain why and the extent to which complaints should be sustained or not sustained. The CPRB maintains a central registry of complaints against sworn police officers and prepares annual reports to the City Council on the disposition of these complaints. 

The CPRB reviews police policies, procedures, and practices, and may recommend modifications to them. The board shall hold at least one community forum each year for the purpose of hearing views on the policies, practices and procedures of the Iowa City police department. 

The CPRB has only limited civil administrative review powers and has no power or authority over criminal matters or police discipline. It is not a court of law and is not intended to substitute for any form of legal action against the Police Department or the City. 

The complaint review process

All complaints to the Board must be filed with the City Clerk within ninety (90) days of the alleged misconduct. 

Any person with personal knowledge of the alleged police misconduct may file a CPRB complaint with the board. In order to have "personal knowledge", the complainant must have been directly involved in the incident or witnessed the incident. If the person with personal knowledge is underage or otherwise unable to complete a CPRB complaint form, the CPRB complaint maybe filed by such person's designated representative. 

Those who may file a complaint are:

  • an adult;
  • a minor with an adult’s assistance;
  • an adult filing on behalf of a minor;
  • or a vulnerable adult with assistance from a family member, friend, clergy, or a guardian or other similar court appointed representative.

A support person may accompany the complainant through the complaint review process. 

The CPRB receives a completed complaint form and immediately forwards a copy to the Police Chief for an internal affairs investigation; a copy will also be sent to the Equity Director. A Supervisor or Investigator from the Police Department will contact the complainant as part of the investigation. (If the complaint is about the Chief, the City Manager will conduct the investigation.) The Chief completes the investigation within 90 days and issues a detailed written report that concludes with a finding that the complaint is "sustained" or "not sustained." The CPRB will grant extensions from this deadline for good cause shown. 

Copies of the Chief’s report are sent to the CPRB and to the complainant, the police officers, and the City Manager. 

The CPRB reviews the Chief's report and may conduct additional investigation or request that the Chief do so. Within 90 days of receipt of the Chief’s report, the Board issues a written report that contains detailed findings of fact and a conclusion that explains why and the extent to which the complaint should be "sustained" or "not sustained." The City Council may grant extensions, upon written request. 

Copies of the CPRB’s public report on the Chief's investigation are sent to the complainant, the police officers, the City Manager, Equity Director and the City Council. 

The CPRB may recommend that the Chief reverse his findings if it determines that they are unsupported by substantial evidence; are unreasonable, arbitrary, or capricious; or are contrary to Police Department policy or practice, or any federal, state, or local law. 

Community Police Review Board (CPRB) complaint process timeline

  1. Complaint form filed with CPRB within 90 days of the alleged misconduct by an Iowa City Police Officer. 
  2. Complaint form is forwarded to the Equity Director – And ICPD for investigation; the Complaint form is also forwarded to CPRB at their next meeting and an Acknowledgement letter is sent to the Complainant. 
  3. Within 90 days ICPD completes a written confidential report and forwards to the Complainant, officers, City Manager, and CPRB for review.​ 
  4. CPRB reviews the Chief’s report, sets the level or review, and conducts an additional investigation if necessary.
  5. Within 90 days the CPRB issues a public written report with the findings to the Complaint, Police Chief, officers, City Manager, Equity Director and the City Council.

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